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General Paediatrics

placeholder7Our vision is to provide first class health care to children and their families in Merseyside and beyond. We aim to promote General Paediatric care for children and in interaction with other sub-specialties to promote a “whole child” approach.

We aim to promote training and research in general paediatrics.

Our general paediatric service provides consultant led holistic care to children (0-16 years) local to Alder Hey and further afield from North Wales to North West.

What we do

General paediatrics encompasses wide variety of common childhood problems. We offer excellent care to children with simple medical problems and support other specialist teams in providing a family centred “whole child” care for children with complex medical problems.

Children attending our service have direct access to wide range of clinical staff with specialist expertise and dedicated paediatric nurses with a strong multidisciplinary support including dieticians, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy services and paediatric pharmacists.

General Paediatrics Service statistics

  • Admission per anum 5463 (2010)
  • Offers 33 paediatric clinics per week
  • General Paediatric and ambulatory clinics had 7409 clinic attendances in last year
  • Waiting times, 88% of GP referrals to general paediatrics wait less than 5 weeks for first appointment

Conditions we treat

Abdominal pain
Acute illnesses
Asthma and respiratory tract infections
Congenital anomalies
Constipation and diarrhoea
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1)
Eating disorders
Failure to thrive
Feeding issues
Growth and development issues
Heart murmurs
Lumps and bumps
Non specific parental concerns
Prolonged jaundice
Unwell child
Urinary tract infections (recurrent)

Conditions we don’t treat

We usually do not treat the following as alternative services are available:

Enuresis and incontinence – Children’s Community Continence Service
Developmental delay – Community Paediatricians
Behavioural problems – Community Paediatrician/CAMHS
Child protection – Rainbow team/Community Paediatrician

Patient support services

Play specialists and school
Chaplain service for pastoral support
Psychology team
Social workers
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
Patient aftercare

Follow-up is available depending on the condition. This may be via the patient’s own GP or in a consultant outpatient clinic.

Your comments and experiences

  • Thank you for the staff on 4c. I felt really comfortable being there the staff was great. Really helpful. Xxx

  • We are currently on ward 4c. So far my daughter’s care and treatment has been great but I would like to say a special thank you to 2 amazing staff members, Tommy the Chef and Elaine the Housekeeper. They’ve been fantastic encouraging my daughter to eat and nothing has been too much trouble. Whatever she fancied they would get it. They both personally bring the meals to my daughter and their words of encouragement has really helped. They both go above and beyond their job roles. Alder Hey should be very proud of both of them.

  • I would like to thank the amazing team on 4c x You made our stay in hospital pleasurable. The care was excellent and you all took time to get to know Jamie. Was a special experience. Thanks from Jamie and his family xx

  • After losing my son in 2010 aged 30 days old, you can imagine the diatress when my 2 week old son needed to be admitted due to not gaining weight. Our stay in alder hey was madebas stress free and pleasant as possible. The doctors and nurses on ward 4C were amazing with us from the moment we set foot on the ward. Thankyou for everything youve done and continue to do. Staff in alder hey are always in my heart. Jennifer & baby Joshua x

  • We attended alder hay for the first time a few weeks ago. I was very impressed with the efficiency in B1 all staff were very helpful.
    A big thank you to dr princy paul who is and will continue to care for my son
    Chloe &Oliver

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